Inspirational Quote: Stan Lee

"The one thing that will never change is the way we tell our stories of heroism. Those stories are groomed for everyone regardless of their race, gender, or color of their skin. The only things we don't have room for hatred intolerance, and bigotry and we all come together in the body of Marvel."

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Funny story: It was my first convention at MegaCon. I remember waiting in line just to see Stan Lee and at least taking a picture with him, but I couldn’t afford that. So I decided getting an autograph would be enough until I realized I did not have anything for him to sign! Luckily I saw this amazing drawing from artist Austin Janowsky, but I turned out to be a picture of Wolverine, a character Mr. Lee did not create (but I thought he did anyways). Eventually, I got to see him the legendary Stan the Man himself. He signed the drawing, I got to take a picture of him signing it, and he smiled and I went on my way. It was such a honor to see him in my mind and I only wish I got to take a picture with him.

A good man may be gone, but the legacy of his work lives on. Stan Lee, alongside Jack Kirby, and so many others influenced my life in so many ways. The characters, the concepts, and the stories made a huge difference for so many lives.

What makes Stan Lee remarkable is that he not only cared about characters he co-created, but he also embraced fandom who loved them as well. Such love and respect is truly amazing in itself. Thank you Stan Lee for making a Marvelous impact to not just the world of comic books, but to our very lives in general. Nuff Said.

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Darkness Rises and the Fandom to Meet It

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I have been really starting to question myself as a fan of comic books, video games, and movies lately. I do not know if it is because I spent too much time on a comment section or hanging out with people of a fandom. Nowadays, I keep hearing people complain about how TV shows and movies are not appealing to what they want. At first, I thought it was just a normal thing that happens most of the time fandoms but now it is becoming a common ritual to be upset when people do not follow the source material. Worse, the toxic part of fandom has really grown in strength and nobody seems to do anything about it.

Well in some cases they're right and wrong. What I mean is that since then, the big head honchos at the TV corporations (I don't know what to call them, but they're the people in charge) realized that they want to keep up with the times and try to appeal to a more expansive audience including people who are not fans this material. By the time they featured new shows that made the old generation pissed off, they realized that they were doing a good job and decided to stick with it. Also, they wanted money cause seriously people this is what America is mainly about. I feel that these guys are starting to be lazy and really making poor decisions. It does not help equally that the fandom responds with hostility.

Examples include the Flash, Star Wars, and various others. Season 4 of the Flash is criticized for focusing more on female characters and overarching plots. Star Wars movies are criticized for being too nostalgic then pulling 180s on the content they just featured. The tug of war is getting out of hand and I am starting to become concerned at this.

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The fans have become too spoiled with the content they have are taking this way too seriously. It is reaching to the point where it reaches to the point of bloodlust. There is also a growing amount of racism and sexism showing up as well which is reaching to the point of causing various individuals, directors and actors for example, to exit social media. Whether it has something to do with the current politics or otherwise this part of fandom is becoming way to noticeable and not being called out for how it is making things difficult for people who want to be part of the fandom.

However, I do see the difficulty of trying to root out the good from the bad because if fandoms are called out for this behavior then it becomes a Social Justice Warrior madhouse. It is not like there should be PC police monitoring every fandom and condemning those with rude comments but there must be some people who encourage a more constructive approach to speaking out an opinion. Another benefit is if fans of their respective material would be more acceptable to change and not take things with a grain (more like a cup) of salt. Not everything is going to go the way you want it to go, plus as the old saying goes: life is not fair, deal with it. It is just hard to locate a majority in fandom that can bring a more positive influence especially within social media.

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Not every franchise is going to follow the original content word for word, it was meant have fun and have something completely new and different than the original story. Yes, they lack in some aspect and needs work but the geek in me still enjoy these shows and movies all the same, and I'll be looking forward to the future in how they develop.

:Peace

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The Princess and the Panther Inspires

From the end to Black History Month to the dawn of another International Women's Day, let's celebrate the greatness Wonder Woman and Black Panther. Thank you to the amazing people who make these films possible inspiring adults and children of all ages and ethnicity. Rock on.

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Is it time for the Skywalker Saga...to End? My Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

"When you bring new things into a society, you can either set the balance to the force. You can either use for good or you can use it for evil and what happens when you bring something new, people have a tendency to overdue it." - George Lucas

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Okay, it is time I really express my real opinion about Star Wars: Last Jedi. The movie is a double-edged sword for me. Mark Hamill is amazing in his performance as Luke. Carrie Fisher shines in this movie and this represented a wonderful sense of closure for all the fans of Princess Leia. Rey was great, Daisy Ridley is amazing. I personally felt that the Finn and Rose scenes felt more like Star Wars while Poe and the Resistance parts were a bit impudent. The story is overall okay except for this one thing: the dishonor they brought to the Skywalker legacy.

The storyline featuring the Resistance felt very disjointed. I mean the disputes between Holdo and Poe just seemed out of place especially during chase. Why didn't she just tell Poe and several of the members that way the characters didn't have to pull a mutiny later on? It was those scenes that made me wonder it there is a SJW agenda that they were trying to express. The Canto Bight storyline should have been cut short. I think Finn's arc was repeating itself and felt that Rose should have been introduced differently. I had no problem with the character but felt like she should have been written in a way that didn't overuse the character. I actually liked how Phasma was done, at least she had some screen time.

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The storyline that they did for Kylo Ren was pulled straight out of the original idea for Return of the Jedi which then I thought didn't make sense. Here in this movie, I kinda liked that Kylo\Ben choose a different path because I didn't believe he could be redeemed especially after the whole Han Solo situation. I am just saddened by the fact that the Skywalker story line is going to end in tragedy once again. Also the whole Reylo thing going on during the movie.....okay. I was also hopping that Rey was the long lost daughter of Luke (and probably Mara Jade) and she would bring back redemption for the family. Instead the writers, directors, or Disney, whatever or whoever was behind this decided to pull twist and turns along the way.

I also want to give my personal analysis on the Force and how it was used in this movie. Leia using the Force though space was actually pretty cool. It was nice to see the Force use differently in a movie. The fact that the fans were not happy about this was just ridiculous. There were many individuals that were capable of using the Force to life objects, read minds, summon lightning, control animals, become spiritual beings and create projections. So is it really impossible for someone to use the Force to survive space? Sometimes I don't understand the logic of some fans.

Another problem with this movie is that the idea of a continuous arc really brings a lot of complications, especially after the passing of Carrie Fisher. I think making the trilogy one whole story sets a lot of restrictions and inconsistencies in the distant future. It makes even people who are not even Star Wars fans even more confused.

This hurts me a lot. I have always believed that the episodes of the Star Wars saga was in some way about the Skywalkers and the individuals that were along their journey. Plus Many fans knew that there would be 9 episodes chronicling the legacy that would be told. I was optimistic that the new trilogy would feature a new group of Jedi, Sith, Mandalorians all involved in a new conflict. That the heroes of the Original Trilogy would pass the torch the new generation. A Skywalker would be involved in the journey even if that character did not have the last name of Skywalker. Finally the story board group in Lucasfilm would use the Expanded Universe to influence the new era like how Marvel has done with their movies by using the comics to inspire their stories. Instead they give us this. What is worse is that now the fandom is becoming very toxic and there will be a lot of pressure for episode 9 to really give some closure and resolution.

My faith in this franchise has been shattered and I don't know if it can be restored. I am not sure if I want to watch Episode IX. I will support Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and any other animated projects from Dave Filoni and the people in the animated department cause at least they know how to push the franchise in the right direction. However for the movies, mainly the episodes....I am not sure.

Honestly, I thought BB-8 saved the movie. Definitely one of the best things to come out of the New Trilogy.

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So that's my personal review of the movie. Hope it makes sense or doesn't. :Peace

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Inspirational Quotes: Mohinder Suresh

"There is good and there is evil. Right and wrong. Heroes and villains. And if we're blessed with wisdom, then there are glimpses between the cracks of each where light streams through. We wait in silence for these times when sense can be made, when meaningless existence comes into focus, and our purpose presents itself. And if we have the strength to be honest, then what we find there, staring back at us, is our own reflection, bearing witness to the duality of life. And each one of us is capable of both the dark and the light, of good and evil, of either, of all. And destiny, while marching ever in our direction, can be rerouted by the choices we make. By the love we hold onto, and the promises we keep." - Mohinder Suresh, Heroes

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